How Adele Writes Lyrics: Better than Drunk Dialing, Robert Plant Retires Band of Joy, Gavin DeGraw Update

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It’s Better Than Drunk Dialing!

Adele has revealed the secret of her success. Kind of.  The “Rolling In The Deep” chanteuse has admitted to UK’s The Sun that she wrote some of her best lines for her triple platinum-selling album 21 when she was inebriated. “I used to I used to have to lock myself away in my house, get pretty drunk and write a drunk diary - and that was the first time I could admit things to myself.”

“A drunk tongue is an honest one in my opinion and the next morning I would read it through with an awful hangover and, in the cold light of day, had to absorb my feelings about myself. I was a bit scared that I wouldn't be articulate enough."

Apparently it was, since 21 has been on the Billboard charts for 23 weeks! As for her next album, she told The Sun that it might have a twang, explaining there could be some country and bluegrass on her follow-up.

“I was exposed to a lot of country, rockabilly and bluegrass because I was touring for such a long time," the 23-year-old singer said. “The melodies and to-the-point lyrics I have found in a lot of American styles of music is definitely something I'm going be pursuing heavily from now on…I want to spend some time in Austin in Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, and learn about it.”

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Robert Plant Retires Band of Joy

That’s exactly what Robert Plant said, right before he recorded Raising Sand. Maybe Adele will be calling T-Bone Burnett sometime soon.  Speaking of which, Plant has been leaving more footprints in the sand in his ongoing romance with Patty Griffin. The former Led Zeppelin singer wound up a 13-month world tour with Band of Joy this weekend in Herefordshire, England, telling the crowd that the BOJ were “just good looking old folk.” We’re not sure how that sat with the 47-year-old Griffin, but she seemed rather a flutter when Plant presented his inamorata with a memento of Herefordshire’s football club, the Wolverhampton Wanderers onstage.

 “It’s a bit cold so on behalf of the British weather system I present you with a Wolverhampton Wanderers hot water bottle.”

Plant described the show as the “grand finale” for Band of Joy, admitting it was “very emotional for us” to end their time together for what is likely to be a one-off collaboration. “It’s been 13 months and everyone’s got things to do,” he joked. “Like laundry and making amends.”

As for the romance, Plant’s rep said there is no truth to the news he and Griffin are looking for homes in Austin.

Gavin DeGraw Update: He Was Hit By A Cab.

Those tireless sleuths at the Hollywood Report have uncovered more facts about Gavin DeGraw’s violent attack in New York in the wee hours of Monday, August 8, revealing that the singer was set upon by three men in the East Village at about 3:00 am after he was returning home from a night out with friends. The attack took place at the corner of First Avenue and East 6th Street, with police confirming,  “We have an assault report for an individual, a male, white 34, who was attacked by what he claims was three individuals.”

Even worse, after the attack, DeGraw was hit by a cab 13 blocks away as he struggled to walk to a nearby hospital on his own steam, never once calling for help. In fact, it wasn’t the singer who called the police. “A witness who saw him being struck by the cab reported the incident. According to police, “He was not seriously hurt by the cab.”

DeGraw has just been released from the hospital. As a result of his injuries, he won’t be performing in Wantagh, NY on August 12 or Mansfield, MA on August 13.

No Bridge for Kurt, But Buddy Guy Gets His Own Street

Kurt Cobain may not have a bridge named after him, but this past weekend Buddy Guy had a street named after him in his adopted home of Chicago. The city of Chicago renamed a stretch of Wabash Street in front of Guy’s club, Legends, Buddy Guy Way, according to report in the Associated Press. An emotional, and very well dressed Guy said he “wanted to cry” when the honor was given to him. Alderman Bob Fioretti read a proclamation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” as Guy received a copy of the street sign. Note to Rahm: Buddy’s 75th birthday was on July 30.

Green Day Secret Show

That unruly threesome you saw in a Los Angeles restaurant restaurant don’t just LOOK like Green Day, they are Green Day. How do we know? Because the Berkeley-formed trio are playing a not-so-secret show in Costa Mesa on Thursday. On Thursday August 11, the American Idiots will be playing at The Tiki Bar at 1700 Placentia, in Costa Mesa. The tickets will cost you $20 with all proceeds donated to the Cystic Fibrous Foundation. There is no presale - so if I were you, I’d start lining up now. One more thing: there is no cameras or no cell phone policy, so don’t even bother bringing one with you. And bring IDs. It’s a 21 and over show.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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